The first Shanghai International Business Aviation Show (Sibas) garnered mixed reviews from its exhibitors, but generally the perception was that it was a success, despite teething problems, such as no food on site and some issues with shipping. However, these were offset by the quality of attendees who showed up and the fact that organizer World Events Agency managed to pull off the show at all.
Aviation in China
Last November’s Airshow China in Zhuhai proved both illuminating and encouraging to those who eagerly anticipate the long-awaited emergence of business and general aviation in the People’s Republic. Because, despite all the fuss about China’s potential, the hard data paints the real picture of a sector of aviation that has just barely begun to taxi from the stand.
The U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration is organizing an aerospace supplier development mission to China from October 26 to November 4. The goals of the trip are to introduce U.S. aviation components and materials companies to the aviation industry in China, including policy makers, U.S. aviation-related companies active in China, Chinese companies engaged in building their domestic aviation capabilities, and MROs.
In a recent speech on global harmonization, FAA Administrator Marion Blakey summed up the universal reaction to China’s booming aviation industry: “The world is watching.”
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